Advocacy efforts by NBAA members, the Connecticut Legislative Aviation Caucus and the Connecticut Business Aviation Group to fight a personal property tax on all aircraft based in the state were successful. On Tuesday night, the House and Senate in Connecticut passed a budget that does not contain “the potentially devastating tax increases for aviation that were proposed in earlier versions,” NBAA said.
The city of Bridgeport, Conn., received court approval to buy an acre
of land next to Sikorsky Memorial Airport and plans to build an engineered materials arresting system (Emas) safety area for Runway 6/24. According to NBAA, “The addition of an Emas runway safety area at BDR has been a source of conflict for nearly a decade because the airport is owned by Bridgeport but located in Stratford.”
Pratt & Whitney has established a Center of Excellence at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Engineering for research in the field of aviation propulsion systems. The company will work with UConn on fundamental and applied research initiatives that support the design and development of more efficient gas turbine engines.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has filed a complaint in federal court in an attempt to block Pratt & Whitney from moving 830 union jobs out of Connecticut.
Embraer has temporarily closed its Executive Jet Services facility at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., in response to the economic climate. “We saw we were not going to have as many airplanes flying in that region as we expected, so there was no sense in keeping the center open,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Embraer Executive Jets vice president for customer support and services.
Equipment and systems supplier Hamilton Sundstrand has announced pre-show product-support agreements worth almost $350 million. It also won contracts to supply power controllers for the Airbus A350 and control systems for Pratt & Whitney’s PW810C and PW1000G engines. The company’s NP2000 propeller is flying test missions on a C-130, while its propeller for the Airbus A400M spins on another C-130 test bed.
Raytheon said it achieved initial operating capability (IOC) for a second limited-production version of its new standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars) at the Tracon facility serving Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, Conn.
Deciding that it wanted to return to the meat and potatoes of its core business, hamburger restaurant chain Krystal has divested its FBO at Chattanooga (Tenn.) Airport (CHA). The buyer was TAC Air, the Texarkana, Texas-based division of Truman Arnold Companies. Assets include Krystal North and South facilities, located at opposite ends of the ramp area, which is east of the intersection of Runways 2-20 (7,401 ft) and 15-33 (5,000 ft).
The Connecticut Business Aviation Group (CBAG) recently formalized its organization, establishing its mandate and selecting its team of executive officers at a meeting at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.
Waterbury/Oxford Airport (OXC), Conn., is expecting to take another giant step forward next year. The growing business-aviation airport is scheduled to begin a runway extension to 5,800 feet from its current length of 5,000 feet. The airport recently received a contract tower and has ILS, GPS and Rnav approaches.